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Spring Term - Mapventures

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Maths

We have been putting our measurement skills to the test! We were given a target number of either 100m or 150m, and we had to see how many jumps it would take to reach the number. 

Each time we had to jump, measure the jump, record the measurement and then take it away from the total to see how far we had left to jump! To make it even trickier, some of us had to record how far we jumped in metres and then convert it into centimetres! 

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PE

Today we did our hardest Orienteering course yet! 

Mr Lee hid 8 golf tees around the school with the letters A-H on, but he didn't tell us where any of them were! Instead we had to try and find them and then record on the map where we found them. To ,make it even harder, we had to come up with a random order before starting and this was the order we had to find the golf tees in! So if we were looking for C but found A, we couldn;t show Mr Lee to see if it was correct because we had to stick to the order and keep looking for C!

We had to use all of the Orienteering skills we have been working on this term along with our map work skills. 

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WOW Event Feedback

Look at the amazing feedback that we received from our WOW Event, thank you so much!

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WOW Event

We had our WOW Event on Tuesday and it was brilliant! 

We really enjoyed showing the parents our videos that we had worked really hard on. We introduced the videos to the adults and explained the process that we took to make the videos. Everything that was in the videos we did ourselves. That includes, the music, the background, the story line, the filming and the editing. 

 

After that, we played a game of Time Trial Orienteering with the parents. During this, we worked in groups to find lots of tiny golf tees that were hidden around the school. There were 12 in total and we had to write a random order with the numbers 1-12. This was the order we had to find the tees with letters on in. It was very tricky, but we used our map skills that we have been working on this term to help us. There was great team work and resilience on show and the fastest team did it in 18 minutes 23 seconds. 

 

We hope the adults that attended our WOW Event enjoyed it as much as we did! Thank you for coming. 

Our WOW event was a huge success with parents discovering the hidden word.

Literacy

This week in Literacy, we have been looking at diary entries. We started the week using Tim Peake's diary to answer reading comprehension questions. We then used the diary to identify the different features. Some of the features that we found included time connectives, chronological order, past tense and first person. 

Once we had found the features, we moved onto planning our own diary entry. We pretended to be either Oliver, Oliver's parents or Cliff. These are all characters from our class book, Oliver and the Seawigs. Whilst we were planning and writing our diary entries, we had to pretend to be the character and think about what the day would be like for them. 

Maths

During Maths this week we have been looking at different types of angles. We have been identifying right angles, acute angles (smaller than a right angle) and obtuse angles (larger than a right angle) using a right angle finder to help. 

We have also been drawing our own angles and making shapes with given angles in them. We used Geoboards to help experiment with different angles and shapes. 

We also used two matchsticks to try and make 1 right angle, 2 right angles, 3 right angles and 4 right angles. Did you know it is impossible to make 3 right angles using 2 matchsticks. 

This week we have also been looking at parallel and perpendicular lines. Parallel lines are lines that will never meet and perpendicular lines always meet at a right angle which is 90 degrees. 

French

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PE

Today we completed another OAA course. OAA stands for Outdoor and Adventurous and we used a map of the school to find different codes that had been hidden around the school. Once we had found all of the letters, we had to unscramble them to find out what the word was. It was great fun and we can not wait to do more OAA course and to do one with our adults during our WOW Event!

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Literacy

This week in Literacy we are looking at effective character descriptions. We started off by listening to a really detailed character description and one with hardly any detail in it. we then tried to draw a picture of the character just from the descriptions. It was clear to us all that the more detail you use, the easier it is to draw the character. 

We then worked in pairs to describe a randomly selected character to our partner and they had to draw a picture of the character without seeing a picture of it. 

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WOW Event

We would love to invite you to our WOW Event. Please read the letter below for more details.

A copy of the letter will be sent home once we are back in school. 

Science

We embraced the snow in science today! We used it to carry out our experiment about changing states. 

We used scales, iPads and the Data Harvesters to carry out our experiment to see how the temperature effects how long it takes snow to melt. 

We made our predictions, wrote our methods, accurately measured the temperature and the amount of snow and timed how long it took for the snow to melt. 

We will be writing up our findings during our next science lesson. 

It was great fun, have a look at the pictures below. 

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Art

Today in Art we started looking at Aboriginal Art from Australia. As there is no written language for the Aboriginal People all of the important things and stories are written using special symbols. These symbols can be seen in lots of different pieces of Aboriginal Art.

 

We looked at some of the different symbols today and practised drawing them. 

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Literacy

This week in Literacy we have been writing a story based on specific requirements of what needed to be included. 

We broke our story down into the components and concentrated on each part individually, making sure we included all of the features and made it exciting to read. 

Once we had finished writing our stories, we edited them. To help us focus on all of the different parts of editing we used editing stations. To use these, we had to read the poster for the station and then edit our work focusing on that specific station. 

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Maths

Today in Maths we were looking at different ways to represent numbers. To do this we had to retrieve all of the things that we have learnt so far! 

We represented the given number by using, roman numerals, words, objects, numerals, using the four operations and by using a combination at the same time. 

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PE 

Today in PE we started our OAA topic. During OAA (Outdoor and Adventurous) today we were using a compass and a map of the school to find our way from on place to another. We had to think about compass directions that we have previously learnt. 

Keep your eyes peeled as later in the term we have an exciting WOW Event planned using these skills! 

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Maths 

Recently in maths we have been looking at perimeter. We have been measuring the perimeter of shapes, drawing shapes with a given perimeter and answering reasoning questions based on perimeter. 

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Travel Films 

We have been working extremely hard on our travel videos again this week and the completed films can be viewed by following the link below. 

To create our films we started by watching travel films and making notes about the different parts of them and what was included. We then worked in groups to produce films to inform our customers about their chosen destinations. 

We composed the background music using Garage Band, planned our films, sourced all of the background images, acted, filmed and edited the films. We learnt lots about the countries and the technology involved and helped each other along the way. 

We hope you enjoy watching our films and if you would like any information about a country or a holiday please let us know! 

French 

Today we carried on with our French work. We recapped what we had done so far including greetings, asking how people are and responding to the question. 

Today we moved onto explaining to people about our family and how old we are. 

Literacy 

In Literacy this week we have been looking at Poetry! Specifically, we have been looking at caligrams. Caligrams are poems that have been written in the shape of the subject of the poem. 

We each chose a country, Spain, Italy, UK or Australia and wrote our caligrams in the shape of the country. We thought about what we knew about the countries and we made sure that we made the end of each line rhyme.

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Music 

Today in music we used Garage Band to create the music for our travel videos. We listened to the music in other travel videos and decided that our music needed to be happy and not overpowering. 

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Maths 

Today in Maths we have been learning about and using money. We have been adding up different coins to see how much we have in total. This is definitely going to help us when we are working at the Tourist Information shop! 

 

During our money work this week, we looked at how people budget for holidays. Whilst we were doing this, we helped Mr Westaway plan a potential holiday to Australia for the summer. We had to work out how much it would cost for flights, the hotel, renting a car and all the activities that they could do. When we have finished this, it will form part of our travel videos.  

Tourist Information

Our shop has been officially opened by Mrs Cockram! 

The Grand Opening happened on Monday 15th January at 11:45. 

Mrs Cockram came to officially open our shop which involved her cutting the ribbon and answering lots of our questions. We are going to use her answers as quotes in our Newspaper Reports about the event!

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Maths

Sophie and Olivia have wrote steps to help people answer multiplication questions using the grid method. This is the method that the year 4s use when they have a multiplication question. 

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Geography - tourist info 

Today we started work on our first customer's holidays! 

We have had requests from Mrs Cockram and Mr Westaway to help them with their holidays. Mrs Cockram is going to Sicily and Mr Westaway wants to go somewhere hot with lots of things to do. 

So we split into groups and got to work finding out as much information as we could.

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Tourist Information 

We have a brand new Tourist Info shop in our classroom! It is the perfect place to go and get maps and information. 

In Class 2 we have been planning the Grand Opening of the shop! So far we have wrote letters to a 'very special person' to come and open the shop. We received a reply from the guest and they are coming to open our shop on Monday 15th January. We have also made posters to advertise our shop, and the grand opening, and to try and persuade people to come to the Tourist Info shop. 

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Science 

This week in Science we started looking at Rocks. 

We found out about some different types of rocks and found out you can have man-made or natural rocks. Did you know that a man-made rock is a rock that has been moved, modified or made by a human? 
We then look at different rocks and sorted them into a man-made group and a natural group. 

 

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This week was the first week of our new topic, ‘Mapventures’. Even though it was only three days we have done loads! 

In literacy we used our inference and prediction skills to answer questions using only the front cover of our new class book, ‘Oliver and the Seawigs’. After Mr Lee tweeted some of our work, Sarah McIntyre (one of the authors of the book) read our work and replied to us! 

We then planned and wrote letters to Mrs Cockram asking her if she would be able to open our new Tourist Information shop in our classroom.

This week, in Geography, we learnt about the Equator and how it separates the world into two hemispheres. These are the North and South Hemispheres. We also found out information about countries in both hemispheres and that are on the equator.

In Maths, we have been using the inverse operation to check our addition and subtraction questions.

 

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